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Akeelah and the Bee

With the help of a former university professor (Laurence Fishburne), a young girl named Akeelah (Keke Palmer) begins to develop her unusual talent for spelling. But when she starts competing in various bees, she discovers her gift is also affecting the lives of her family, friends, fellow competitors, teachers and the residents of the inner-city neighborhood she calls home. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 112
Theater Release: 27 Apr 2006
Video Release: 28 Aug 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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Home Video Extra Features

Inspire all aspiring students with the DVD release of Akeelah and the Bee. This almost letter-perfect movie comes to the home video market with deleted scenes, a gag reel, and Keke Palmer0x2019s All My Girlz music video. As well, there are three featurettes: The Making of Akeelah and the Bee, Doug & Keke: Two Peas In a Pod, and Inside the Mind of Akeelah. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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